The Collaborative No. 18
Today we are featuring Everyday Visionary Michelle Manningham who is the Founder of Texi Boots and Sales Director for Living Royal.
Michelle has an upbeat optimism that is contagious. Her positivity is not forced...it is an authentic part of who she is as a person and a business woman and she is using it to empower and encourage female entrepreneurs to go after their dreams. This is more than just cheerleading. This is women in every level of success, working together to support each other. She has a vision of building a community of brave women who are bringing their dreams into reality.
Texi Boots is the manifestation of a woman who was curious about asking where following your dreams would take you. Her story is one of not settling and being bold. Michelle has turned her side hustle into a career and she does this by a process of facing excuses and self doubt head on. Michelle recognizes that there is great power in going directly into the fear. If you are persistent and chip away at the doubt and fear every day, you will be propelled forward.
This fall, Michelle launches The Heart and Sole Conference which is designed to bring down barriers (real or imaginary) and empower women to embark upon their business journeys.
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- Where do you currently work?
- What is your current role?
Founder and Sales Director
- How would you describe to a child what you do for a living?
I design products that inspire women to feel beautiful inside and out.
- What do you hope you have a reputation for as a professional?
Being an excuse remover and being willing to do whatever it takes to make my dreams of a worldwide fashion label a reality. I want women to have such a strong emotional connection with the brand that by being associated in anyway they feel inspired to pursue the dreams they've kept hidden in their heart.
- What is an accomplishment from your career that meant the world to you?
When I was able to quit my first corporate job at 22 years old because of my side hustle. And then it was the launch of my 9 year (at the time) dream of having my own cowgirl boot line.
- What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve had to learn the hard way in your career?
That your relationships can make or break you. I put my own dream on the back burner twice because I was in relationships with two men that required me to only focus on theirs. At the time I think I felt fulfilled supporting their dreams, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about my own every single day. I now refuse to settle until I find a man that believes in my dreams as much as I will commit to supporting and believing in his.
- What are some of your go-to sources of inspiration and staying on top of emerging trends that impact your field or industry?
I hate trends. I don't follow trends. I haven't even owned a television for the last 10 years. What I love is authenticity and exploration...what I love is personal transformation. What I love is seeing what gets birthed from a woman who is willing to expose herself to her own flaws and release whats been kept inside for years. That can only happen when she is willing to learn, grow, and be willing to change everyday. I read 30 minutes to an hour daily. I've never read a fiction book in my life (yup, even in school I didn't - sorry Mrs. Williams, I found cliff notes online). I read a book that will help me grow personally, professional or spiritually. I podcast everyday for at least an hour. Either while I am exercising, driving or getting ready (or all three). I protect time I can protect to grow myself personally. You give out of your overflow, and life is about giving.... so I have to continually pour into myself because some days demand all I have.
- What is something you need in your work environment in order to thrive in your role?
Peace and quiet and inspirational photos of my goals and dreams. I love keeping those photos in front of me to remind me why I am working so hard.
- What you envision for your customers/clients/stakeholders/ patients/citizens/students, etc.?
I envision being able to remove or strip away at least one excuse or one doubt. At one point I think every entrepreneur (if they're being honest) has had a moment where they ask themselves, "What the heck am I doin?" yet they forge ahead anyway. They figure it out along the way. Prior to starting my cowgirl boot line I had no idea what I was doing, but the fire in my heart burned hotter than my fears so I just committed to figuring it out. And everyday...I learn something new. Everyday I figure a little something out else.
- What is one of the biggest challenges you are facing or trying to solve right now?
Balance.... is that even a thing? do I even want that?
- When and where do you tend to get your ideas?
They come from everywhere. Sometimes its in nature on a long run, sometimes its from a podcast or book. Other times its walking down the street shopping ~ other times its during a movie or preview Ha. When you are clear on where you are going and what your mission in life is your mind is constantly searching your surroundings on how to bring it to life... it's simply creating enough space within your heart and mind to remain aware.
- What are three of your favorite books?
Think and Grow Rich
The Artist Way
Ten Critical Laws of Relationships
- What’s one of your favorite non-profits?
The Pink Sole Foundation, lol - biased!
- If you could collaborate with any group or individual in the world, who would be your top three picks?
Tim Tebow...well actually I just want to marry him
Jaime Tardy, the author of The Eventual Millionaire
- What would you want to collaborate on with the people/groups you just mentioned?
Tim Tebow - his heart inspires me, and his body makes my heart beat!! BAHAH! I just think he has remained so committed to Gods calling on his life in spite of ridicule. And as a result has impacted millions. Jaime has spent her years interviewing millionaires and billionaires. She got herself in a place where she could build her life and business on her terms and did it with such grace - that inspires me. And I don't feel Oprah needs an explanation. It wouldn't be so much what I could collaborate with her on, more-so the mere being in her presence and finding some way to sow into her life would allow a relationship. One in which I would find inspiration just by being around her.
- If you were invited to give a TED Talk (or have given one), what would you speak about?
Business sometimes start out of having no clue what your doing. That wouldn't be my title of course (copyeditor needed haha). I'd want women to feel and understand that they don't have to have it all figured out before they start a business. You figure out it out and connections align while you are moving in the direction of your dreams.
- How do you unwind at the end of a stressful day?
Bubble bath and read - EVERY NIGHT - I make a hot bath, leave my cell phone on silent in the other room and dedicate that time to my personal growth and pouring back into myself at the end of a long day.
- What do you think your 80-year-old self would tell you right now?
Stay crazy, do everything you're terrified to do, and for the love of God will you just go meet Tim Tebow so you can get married and change the world together HAHA
- What do you think your 10-year-old self would be most impressed with about your life right now?
That I've learned to regenerate and heal through loss and heartbreak time and time again. Someone once told me that it is not how well you play, it's how well you learn to play hurt (because life can often be painful) no matter how spiritual or "together" you have it. However, I think more than learning to play hurt, it's learning how to take time to heal and grow and become stronger and more empathetic...and continue on in the process...
- What does your creative process entail when you're doing what you do best?
A very strict schedule. I am pretty ADD, and because of that I have created boundaries for myself. Most would think that boundaries limit and a strict schedule hinders the creative process, but for me its the exact opposite. I schedule my days from 4:30am-10pm and always build into my schedule time to do nothing.....and it is usually in those times that I am the most creative. And the reason I can be creative during that time is because I have taken care of everything that needed to be done (because it was scheduled) that that time isn't sucked up with an unclear focused mind running in a hundred different directions. This works for me...
- If there were more hours in the day, what would you do with them?
Get more sleep - bahaha - or I would build in more time for my friends to just play, or I would write more books, or I would bring to life more of my invention ideas, or I would design more... who knows - maybe I would label those hours "mystery hours" and just see what comes from them.